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Shareware CD-ROMs

One of the most historically important artifacts to come from the home computer telecommunications revolution was shareware CDs, compact discs put out by companies containing hundreds of megabytes of shareware. Initially containing less than the full capacity of the discs (600mb, later 700mb) these items eventually began brimming with any sort of computer data that could be packaged and sold. As material "ran out", that is, as sellers of these CDs found they were unable to easily find shareware programs and files, the hunt began to track down every last file and item that could make the quarterly or monthly quota. As a result, many otherwise-lost pieces of computer history were gathered up in the trawling nets of these individuals and companies and were preserved for future generations.
Some computer bulletin board services would attach banks of CD-ROM drives to their machines to allow users to access the discs, allowing the system operators (SysOps) to claim the BBS had thousands of files available. For this market, CD makers would declare their CDs "BBS Ready", meaning an easily-readable directory of file descriptions was located on the CDs to be read by the BBS software.

While many of the CDs contain shareware programs, a number branched into music, graphics, animations and movies. Additionally, the advent of an internet open to the general public heralded massive collected sets of files which CD makers happily mirrored and made available to the BBS market. Eventually, as operating systems like Linux and FreeBSD became more widely available, CDs were perfect distribution mechanisms for the very large libraries and file collections associated with them.

A number of the initial CD images for this collection came courtesy of the CD BBS of Twin Falls, Idaho, operated by Mark Fugitt (sysop) and Mike Laybourn (remote sysop). The system used a Harris 286 CPU operating at 20MHZ, two 65 Megabit Seagate RLL hard drives and a Dennon CD player that used a "cart" to hold the CD. The BBS was started using RBBS software, a single phone line with 2400 baud modem and a shareware CD.

Additional donations of CD-ROMs have come from Erik Pederson, Peter Simpson, Chuck Gilbert, Koos van den Hout, MCbx, Jason Scott, Tim Hazel, and others.

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Jun 8, 2018 Carpe Diem
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Carpe Diem, Ocean Entertainment and Paradise Shareware compilation containing shareware games for DOS.
Topics: games, shareware, DOS
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Jun 8, 2018 Global Star Software
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A compilation of shareware / demo games for Windows 9x.
Topics: shareware, demo, games, Windows 95, Windows 98
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Jun 8, 2018 CDRI
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A compilation of shareware games and game-related files (add-ons, documentation, utilities, etc.) oriented towards BBS operators.  Includes sections for DOS, Windows and OS/2, and specific collections of add-ons for Doom and Heretic, although many other game add-ons are scattered throughout the rest of the disc.  The case label touts containing only files from the year 1995.
Topics: shareware, games, DOS, OS/2, Windows 95, Doom, Heretic, add-on, BBS
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Jun 8, 2018 MICROBOSS Inc. USA
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Super Fun Levels (AKA Superfun) is a compilation of add-on files for several mid-90s era games: - Command & Conquer - Warcraft - Warcraft 2 - Sim City - Sim City 2000 - NBA Live 95 - Mechwarrior 2 - US Navy Fighter - Need for Speed - Microsoft Flight Simulator
Topics: games, levels, add-on, shareware, DOS
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The Weird Science Multimedia Toolkit - Amiga Computing magazine (UK) Coverdisc CD-Rom - May 1995 (Issue 86) 500 Ham Images 500 24-bit 500 Ham8 2100 Mono clipart 1300 Colour clipart 750 Music modules 2300 Sound samples 120 Bitmapped Amiga fonts 100 colour fonts 100 Adobe fonts 80 Postscript fonts 79 Compugraphic fonts & scalable clip art Plus utilities, viewers and support files. Compatible with all Amigas including CD32. Despite the May 1995 publication date, the timestamps on the files...
Topics: Amiga Computing magazine, coverdisc, cover cd, amiga images, clipart, music modules, mod files,...
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Shareware/Freeware compilation of over 100 arcade-styled games and clones of arcade classics. The built in game browser allows the user to retrieve informations such description, full-version pricing, rating, etc. The CD came in a booklet that besides the instruction also tellss the history of gaming on computer, arcades and consoles from 1972 - 1990 with historic facts of each year. Games run on DOS (from version 5.0), Windows 3.1x and 95. Some DOS game require a synthesizer sound card for...
Topics: NITRO, Data Becker, Shareware, Freeware, CD, Windows, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, MS-DOS, DOS,...
This compilation disc, bundled with the book "CD-MOM: The Mother of all Windows Books CD Version", contains a wide selection of Windows 3.1 shareware, demos, drivers, icons, and other ephemera which are now very difficult to find online. One such example being version 1.3 of the hard-to-search-for shareware utility "Plug-ins for Program Manager" (A.K.A. Plugin or Plug-in) by David Mandell and Plannet Crafters, which retrofits Program Manager with features such as...
Topics: shareware, compilation, windows 3.1, win16, software, utilities, icons, fonts, sampler, drivers,...
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Nov 4, 2017 MICROBOSS Inc. USA
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A CD of mixed add-ons for several mid-90s PC games, primarily popular first-person shooters.  No specialized frontend was included on this disc.
Topics: games, add-on, levels, hints, cheats, quake, hexen, descent, descent 2, duke nukem 3d, warcraft 2
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Earthlink Network Total Access Internet (Earthlink Network) 1996
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Oct 16, 2017
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Universal Solutions (Cray Research)(1995)
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Wired for Sound Pro CD (Aristosoft, Inc.) (1993)
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Windows Showcase 95 (1100 Windows 95 Files)(Volume 1)(Starvector)
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Windows 1993 (Chicago Computer Broker) (CDRM1052310)
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Oct 16, 2017
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W95 Collection Windows 95 Shareware (LCDCAN)
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Oct 16, 2017
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User's Choice Windows CD (CMS Software)(1993)
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Ultimate Screen Savers Collection (CMS Distributing) (1996)
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Oct 16, 2017
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US Robotics Connections (Volume 1)
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UA Business Software Product Trial Software (1999)
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Oct 16, 2017
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Two Thousand Fonts (Fantazia Concepts)(1994)
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Turn the Power On! HP Workstations Volume II (HP) (1994)
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Oct 16, 2017
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Turn the Power On! HP Volume III (HP)(1995)
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TurboTax Deluxe (Final Version Tax Year 1995)(v95.01)
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Oct 16, 2017
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The Wildcat Files 2 (Arsenal Computer)
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The SysOP's Companion (Tropical Publishing) (1993)
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Oct 16, 2017
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The Road Ahead by Bill Gates (1995)
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Oct 16, 2017
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The Pier Shareware #9 (Pier Exchange)
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The Pier Shareware #8 (The Pier Exchange) (1996)
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The Pier Shareware #4 (The Pier Exchange) (1994)
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The PC Technician CD ROM (Tanner Computer Contracts)(1994)
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The Holy Bible and Other Christian Shareware (Advantage Plus) (1993)
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The Hacker Chronicles A Tour of the Computer Underground (P 80 Systems)
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The HP Palmtop Paper's CD InfoBase (Thaddeus Computing)(1997)
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The Complete Linux Kit (1669 8)(Sybex, Inc.)(1995)
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The Compaq Professional Workstation Intelligent Manageability Demo (Compaq)(1997)
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The Arsenal Files Collection #8 (Arsenal Computer) (1996)
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The Arsenal Files Collection #7 (Arsenal Computer)(1996)
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Oct 16, 2017
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The Arsenal Files 6 (Arsenal Computer)
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The Arsenal Files 5 (Disc 2)(Arsenal Computer)
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Oct 16, 2017
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The Arsenal Files 5 (Disc 1)(Arsenal Computer)
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The Arsenal Files 4 (Arsenal Computer)
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The Arsenal Files 2 (Arsenal Computer)
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Oct 16, 2017
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The Arsenal Files (Arsenal Computer)
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The Arsenal Cookbook Digital Home and Hobby Guide (Arsenal Computer)
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Oct 16, 2017
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Technotools (Chestnut CD ROM)(1993)
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Tech Arsenal 3 (Arsenal Computer CD ROM Publishers)
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Oct 16, 2017
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Tech Arsenal 2 (Arsenal Computer)
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Oct 16, 2017
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Tech Arsenal (Arsenal Computer)
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TeX CD ROM July 1995 (Disc 2)(Walnut Creek)(1995)
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TeX CD ROM July 1995 (Disc 1)(Walnut Creek)(1995)
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Oct 16, 2017
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SysOp's Arsenal 1 (Arsenal Computer)
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SoundWare Collection (CMS Software Distributing) (1993)
Shareware CD-ROMs
Oct 16, 2017
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SoundWAV Volume II (Data Express, Inc.)
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Software Vault Collection 2 (American Databankers Corporation)
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Software Vault The Gold Collection (American Databankers) (1993)
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Oct 16, 2017
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Software Vault (The Ruby Collection)(ADC)
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Software Vault (The Platinum Collection)(American Databankers Corporation)
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Software Vault (The Emerald Collection) (American Databankers Corporation)
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Software Vault (The Diamond Collection)(Digital Impact)
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Software Vault (Sapphire Collection) (Digital Impact)
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Software Tool Chest (CMS Software)(CDR 1760)(1994)
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So Much for Windows 95 (Power User Software)(1995)
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Oct 16, 2017
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So Much Space (Power User Software)
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So Much Shareware Volume 1 (Power User Software) (1991)
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So Much Shareware 5 (CD ROM) (Power User Software)(1995)
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Oct 16, 2017
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So Much Shareware 3 (Power User Software)
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So Much Color Clipart (Spyr)(Masi Graphics)(1996)
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SmartHeart (Harley Street Software)(SoftKey)(1994)
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Simtel 20 Collection (Walnut Creek CD ROM)(October 1993)
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Sign on Today 50 Free Hours Version 3.0 is Here (America On Line)(RO3241)(1997)
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Sierra Space Quest IV Roger Wilco and The Time Rippers (Sierra On Line)
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Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective (Vol. 1 Ver. 4) (ICOM Simulations)
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Shareware Studio CD ROM Volume IV (Data Express)
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Shareware Studio CD ROM Volume III (Data Express, Inc.)
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Shareware April 1993 Volume 1 (Chicago Computer Broker)(1993)
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Oct 16, 2017
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ShareWare OnLine Volume 3 (CMS Software)(1994)